Kostarellis stays on course; cross country polls

Kostarellis stays on course; cross country polls

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Kostarellis stays on course; cross country polls

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Jessica Lawson and Amanda Vestri were not the only runners smiling after they finished their races at the McQuaid Invitational.

Churchville-Chili senior Anna Kostarellis finished third, behind Lawson, a senior at Corning in Section IV, and Webster Thomas senior Vestri, in 17 minutes, 26 seconds on the three-mile course. Lawson broke the course record with a time of 16:28.2. while Vestri came in at 17:03.1.

Churchville-Chili's Anna Kostarellis, left, and Rush-Henrietta's Sammy Watson battled in the Wayne Invitational on Sept. 17.

Churchville-Chili’s Anna Kostarellis, left, and Rush-Henrietta’s Sammy Watson battled in the Wayne Invitational on Sept. 17.

“I don’t look at anyone who is going to be in my race,” Kostarellis said. “I just kind of go in blind, and really focus on running my own race. As long as I can do that, I don’t feel disappointed in myself. I can go for the goal that I want.

“So I honestly, I had no idea who was going to be in our race or where I would pan out. It was a good third, seems really good to me.”

Running results

Kostarellis won a division race a week before at Chenango Valley State Park, site of November’s state championships. Three days later, Kostarellis set a course record at Webster Park (17:55) in a meet that included Webster Thomas, the top-ranked girls team in the latest Class A/B Coaches Poll below.

Churchville-Chili senior Anna Kostarellis

Churchville-Chili senior Anna Kostarellis

“I feel really good,” Kostarellis said after the McQuaid Invitational. “This the first hard effort of the season, so I feel like once I’m able to work on my speed a little bit more, I’ll be able to pick it up, get the leg speed.

“… this is like 20 seconds faster than when I ran it last time. I’m feeling really good about it, and excited to see what the rest of the season is going to look like.”

Corning's Jessica Lawson and Webster Thomas' Amanda Vestri at the 2016 McQuaid Invitational. The seniors finished one-two in the girls seeded large schools race.

Corning’s Jessica Lawson and Webster Thomas’ Amanda Vestri at the 2016 McQuaid Invitational. The seniors finished one-two in the girls seeded large schools race.

Girls cross country     

Class A/B Coaches’ Poll No. 1     

1 – Webster Thomas (5)    

Points:     50

Previous rank:     1

2 – Rush-Henrietta

Points:     45

Previous rank:     T3

3 – Fairport 

Points:     40

Previous rank:     2

4 – Canandaigua

Points:    35

Previous rank:     T3

5 – Pittsford Mendon

Points:     30

Previous rank:     9

6 – Penfield 

Points:     24

Previous rank:     5

7 – Hilton

Points:     19

 Previous rank:     6

8 – Honeoye Falls-Lima

Points:     13

Previous rank:     10

9 – Pittsford Sutherland

Points:     11

Previous rank:     7

10 – Churchville-Chili

Points:     8

Previous rank:     8

Also received votes: None.    

Boys cross country     

1 – Penfield (5)    

Points:     50

Previous rank:    1

2 – McQuaid

Points:     43

Previous rank:     5

3 – Fairport

Points:     41

Previous rank:     3

4 –  Pittsford Mendon

Points:    36

Previous rank:     T7

5 –  Brockport

Points:     30

Previous rank:     2

6 –  Brighton

Points:     25

Previous rank:     4

7 –  Hilton

Points:     20

Previous rank:     T7

8 – Churchville-Chili

Points:     15

Previous rank:     6

9 – Greece Arcadia

Points:     10

Previous rank:     9

10 – Canandaigua

Points:     3

Previous rank:     10

Also received votes: Honeoye Falls-Lima    

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